Criminal Justice Associate's Degree

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Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
  • Introduction to Undergraduate Research
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology: Motives for Criminal Deviance
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Policing in America
  • Field Communications in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Applied Criminal Procedures
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Justice: Delinquency, Dependency, and Diversion
  • Practical Psychology for the Criminal Justice Professional
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practices in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Capstone

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: CGS1240
Credits: 3


This course provides a broad overview of information literacy concepts by introducing skills for locating, evaluating, and ethically using a variety of resources for a specific purpose. The course begins with the information cycle and the production of information, followed by the identification of a topic & research question, and the selection, evaluation and integration of sources into an annotated bibliography.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E170
Credits: 2


An introductory course designed to provide students with a general foundation of knowledge in the criminal justice field. Course participants will explore the different parts of the criminal justice system, their interrelationships, and the role of each in the criminal justice process. Students will examine the historical basis for the contemporary American legal system, policing styles and the evolution of crime prevention, the structure of the judicial system and its professional participants from pre-sentencing through post-conviction, corrections strategies for criminal offenders, and special considerations for juveniles in the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: CCJ1000
Credits: 4


This course examines the social and behavioral issues involved in the study of crime as a social phenomenon. Included is an explanation of what crime is, what causes crime, and the various techniques for measuring the amounts and characteristics of crime and criminals.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: CCJ1153
Credits: 4


A general overview of U.S. corrections, jails and prisons, institutional procedures and recent innovations in offender treatment. Students are introduced to correctional philosophies, practices and procedures. The concepts of retribution and rehabilitation are examined. For residential only, this course includes a fieldwork assignment.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJC1000
Credits: 4


Students will examine the theoretical underpinnings of police work in the United States, including its historical roots, its current status, and the trends that will shape its future. They will explore the problems and solutions facing citizens, patrol officers, administrators, and agencies. They will also cover contemporary practices such as Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing, and Directed Patrol. In investigating these topics, student will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving. For residential only, this course includes a fieldwork assignment.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJE1006
Credits: 4


This course emphasizes the skills of both oral and written communication with emphasis on writing formats used by justice professionals. Students will acquire the skills necessary to effectively communication within diverse communities.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ1382
Credits: 2


In this course, students are introduced to the Federal and State court systems. This course examines substantive criminal, definitions of crime, and principles of criminal responsibility. The course will use case studies for application of general principles to the law. Statutory defenses, mitigating factors, and circumstances which may excuse criminal responsibility and common law principles are examined.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJL1552
Credits: 4


This course provides an examination of procedural requirements for the judicial processing of criminal offenders. The concepts of evidence sufficiency, standards of proof, and due process are explored. Students will examine the Bill of Rights and its applicability to the criminal justice process.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Law

Course ID: CJL1747
Credits: 4


This course examines violence in the family; social and legal relations within families; theories and solutions on family violence; survivors and the consequences of victimization; legal responses; the role of the police; when law enforcement responds; recognizing child abuse; recognizing elder abuse; associated crimes and stalking and domestic homicide.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ2685
Credits: 4


An overview of the juvenile justice system including the nature and extent of delinquency, explanatory models and theories, the juvenile justice system, juvenile court practices and procedures. The role of law enforcement and juvenile correctional officer will be explored as well as juvenile training schools, probation and aftercare treatment.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: CJE2172
Credits: 4


Students will examine how principles of psychology relate to the field of criminal justice. They will explore fundamental concepts from a criminal justice perspective, focusing on the real-world effects these principles produce on criminal justice professionals, their families, and the citizens they serve. Students will apply ideas from psychology to create effective victim and witness interviewing strategies, offender behavior-modification approaches, and coping methods. They will review the immediate and long-term physiological and psychological effects of stress, trauma, and occupational experiences unique to the profession.

Prerequisite:General Psychology; Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ2170
Credits: 4


\"The course will focus on the physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug and alcohol abuse. Treatment and prevention of abuse will be explored. In addition, policy implications of drug use and the criminal justice system response will be analyzed. An overview of the theories of use, drug business, and drug law enforcement will be explored. Such recent developments as \"\"club drugs,\"\" inhalants, herbal stimulants, and designer drugs will also be discussed.\"

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: CJE1233
Credits: 4


This course provides a strong theoretical foundation for solving ethical dilemmas. Students will gain a realistic picture not only of what ethical questions arise in criminal justice, but also of how sound moral decisions are made in response to them.

Prerequisites:Policing in America; Criminal Law and Procedures: Crime in the Courtroom

Course ID: CCJ2053
Credits: 4


This course is designed to focus on a wide variety of problem solving skills. These include scenario based problem solving and evidence based practices. The inter-related skills necessary for effective problem solving in a criminal justice context are emphasized. The development of evidence based practices will be explored and the incorporation of such practices in the field of criminal justice will be analyzed.

Prerequisite:Policing and America; Criminal Procedures; and Introduction to Corrections

Course ID: CCJ2345
Credits: 4


The capstone class examines the future of the criminal justice system. The current cutting edge technology in different fields within the criminal justice system is discussed along with insights from accomplished scholars of what the near future holds. Methods and philosophies that will govern the criminal justice field in the near future are introduced along with discussions of the ethical, legal, social, and political ramifications expected. This course includes ten hours of field experience.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice. Students must be enrolled in the Criminal Justice program and in their last or second to last quarter

Co-requisite:Junior Seminar

Course ID: CCJ2930
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Lower Division

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: ENC1101
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 course)

  • Introduction to Communication
  • English Composition 2
  • Oral Communication

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM1002
Credits: 4


This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: ENC1121
Credits: 4


This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Course ID: SPC2017
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 2 courses)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Scientific Literacy
  • General Education Mathematics
  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • College Alegbra
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Geology

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Course ID: PHA1500
Credits: 4


In this course students will explore the role that science plays in the world. Students will survey different natural sciences such as: biology, health sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology; as well as analyze specific case studies from these fields. Throughout the course students will develop their scientific reasoning skills. They will learn about the scientific method as well as how to detect common fallacies and misuses of science.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G152
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to topics from modern mathematics that are relevant to everyday life and not typically covered in the standard college math sequence. Students will be exposed to a variety of mathematical tools from diverse branches of mathematics. They will utilize these tools to solve interesting real-world problems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, game theory, graph theory, the mathematics of growth, applications of geometry, probability, and statistics.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT1402
Credits: 4


Students will explore fundamental concepts of human biology. They will examine cell structure and function, body systems, and biochemistry. They will also learn basic concepts of genetics and evolution. Students will explore the relationship of human populations and the ecosystem. Students will complete laboratory exercise coordinated with course content.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: BSC2145
Credits: 4


This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: MAT1031
Credits: 4


Examines astronomical phenomena and concepts, including the solar system, stars and galaxies, planetary motions, atoms and radiation, and the origin and evolution of the universe.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: AST2002
Credits: 4


Examines basic geologic principles from a physical or historical perspective. Includes such topics as the formation of rocks and minerals; internal and external processes modifying the earth's surface and phenomena; and the evolutionary history of the earth, including its life forms, oceans and atmosphere.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: GLY1000
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

  • Humanities
  • Film Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Conversational Spanish

This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HUM2023
Credits: 4


Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G145
Credits: 4


Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ART1204
Credits: 4


This course will develop the student's talents in creative writing. Various forms of writing will be studied, such as short stories, novels, poems, plays and non-fiction. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Students will also develop editorial skills so that each writer may revise and improve his/her work. Students will compose a minimum of 6000 words over the course of the program.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: CRW2001
Credits: 4


A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: PHI2103
Credits: 4


This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determine literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite:none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: G230
Credits: 4


This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G238
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Required Courses)

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • General Psychology

This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SYG1000
Credits: 4


This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PSY1012
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Practical Math

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate level texts.

Prerequisite:Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4


Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 32

Major and Core Credits: 59

Total Associate's Degree Credits: 91*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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